The Florida Department of Transportation spent more than $9 million on debris cleanup in Gulf County in the months following Hurricane Michael.


Last week, FEMA gave the agency its money back.


FEMA announced that it had approved $9,369,137 to reimburse the FDOT for debris removal in Gulf County.


That removal included collection and disposal of 541,453 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 147,210 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris, according to a release.


FEMA has already approved over $65 million for FDOT’s Hurricane Michael-related expenses, bringing the total to nearly $75 million.


Early in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Gov. Rick Scott charged the FDOT with clean-up work in several small rural counties, including Gulf.


County officials have long expressed gratitude that clean-up was not left on their ledgers, which could not handle the burden.


As comparison, Bay County and its municipalities secured millions of dollars in lines of credit or loans to cover debris removal.


The latest grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance program in collaboration with the Florida Department of Emergency Management, according to the release.


FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations to aid in helping communities respond and recovery from natural disasters.